I’ve been home from Ethiopia for a week now. Through the rollercoaster of emotions, thoughts, and memories, one theme has emerged. I’ve been hearing it in my own mind, it was talked about at church yesterday, and was articulated beautifully by fellow FH blogger Kristen Howerton this morning. The theme? DO WHAT YOU CAN. It’s […]
After 30+ hours of traveling, including sprinting through the Amsterdam airport and an unplanned stop in Iceland for a medical emergency, I finally made it home. Through my loopy haze, I spotted these two cuties. I was so excited to see my family, and so out of it that I forgot to get my checked […]
I have someone I’d like to introduce you to. If you went up to her house, she would walk right out and shake your hand. That’s exactly what she did to me before she even realized I was her sponsor. Quiet, sweet and affectionate, this is Chereka. Chereka is five years old and lives in […]
We just finished up a long but energizing day in Ethiopia. I only got about 5 hours of sleep last night, but it didn’t matter because today was the day to meet our sponsored children. I’m trying to gather my thoughts enough to tell you about it, but first let me share some of my […]
Let me just start by saying that I feel MUCH better today. I think the jet lag has finally worn off. I’m so thankful for that because now I can really focus on what we’re seeing and the people we’re meeting. This morning we woke up to a fierce thunderstorm. I immediately thought of the […]
Yesterday we left the capital city of Addis Ababa and headed to the town of Zeway. The 3-hour drive was absolutely beautiful. We saw green mountains, miles of farmland, huts and stick houses, donkeys and goats, and even a monkey darting across the road. Once in Zeway, we visited the FH office and learned a […]
Good morning from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia! Holy moly, was that a long day of travel. I woke up at 5 am to head to the airport in Phoenix. We arrived at our hotel in Addis about 31 hours later. I was only able to take a few short naps on the flight, so I was […]
When people consider sponsoring a child through any organization, one of their first questions is usually, “How do I know where the money goes?” or “How do I know that my money is being used wisely?” You’ve likely asked those questions yourself. Well, this morning I am getting on the first of three airplanes that […]
As my friend Emily would say, 3 more sleeps until Africa! It’s pretty hard for me to think of anything else at this point. I’ve packed my suitcase, am getting my backpack ready, and today I scored a sweet fanny pack at Goodwill. Yep, a real live fanny pack. I want to be able to […]
We’re less than a week away from the big trip, which means that I am spending almost every waking minute thinking about what I need to do to get ready. Last night I took my first malaria pill. I’ll take one every week for 7 weeks. I’ve taken these once before, and I remembered that […]
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